28 December 2012

New Year's Eve Events at Walt Disney World

It's that time of year again and it will be a great night, no matter what you choose to do. But if you are brave enough and maybe crazy enough to go to the parks at the most busiest time of the year here is the 411 you will need. And don't forget about #LimitedTimeMagic coming soon ;-)

Magic Kingdom: For New Year’s Eve, The Fantasy in the Sky fireworks, a special holiday treat, at 11:50 p.m. The park’s Wishes fireworks take place at 8:30 p.m.

Epcot: 2 performances of “IllumiNations ~ Reflections of Earth, at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. Throughout the night, Epcot guests can celebrate and dance to music spun by DJs who are positioned at select pavilions.

Epcot also holds a holiday dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000.” The buffet will take place at World Show Place pavilion. Reservations, when available, may be made from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The buffet is priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Epcot theme-park admission is required.

Hollywood Studios:
DHS “lansdcapers” and musicians Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! again hit the stage this year with their “The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular.” The group’s family-friendly, energetic sets will take place front of the Sorcerer Hat and provides a set list of contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites.

They are awesome, I love them, best band in the Parks.  
Four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects that keep you awake until midnight. Mulch, Sweat, and Shears will also usher in 2013 with sounds loud enough to match the fireworks.

Disney’s BoardWalk area: Atlantic Dance Hall will hold its annual special-ticket New Year’s Eve party. The party, held from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., features a video DJ, midnight countdown, and a limited viewing of Epcot’s Fireworks. OR

Dine in style with Chef Tim Keating at Flying Fish Café. Atlantic Dance fun kicks off a dressy evening at 8 p.m., with a DJ, party favors and Champagne at midnight. The fun goes ‘til 2 a.m. Admission is $37 and includes parking passes with advanced ticket sales. Or, for $80, book a spot in the VIP area with private access to the upstairs balcony with lots of desserts and viewing of Epcot fireworks. Guests must be 21 or older. For reservations, call 407-939-5100.

Flying Fish Café is offering a New Year’s Eve menu that showcases lots of beautiful Florida produce and seafood, such as local tomatoes and cucumbers from The Land Pavilion at Epcot and local day-boat fish. Fans of Chef Keating know to book early – the oak-grilled organic Scottish salmon with a truffled citrus and Vermont butter reduction sounds like a hit. The prixe fixe dinner is $79.88, $26.63 for ages 3 to 11.

Across the lake, Yachtsman Steakhouse at Yacht Club Resort has three courses for $75 – from chilled shellfish or lobster bisque to a 16-ounce boneless rib-eye. Vegetarians will love the black truffle tortelloni.
It is two table-service entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan for the special menus at World Showplace, Cítricos, Flying Fish Café, and Yachtsman Steakhouse. To make reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

Downtown Disney: DisneyQuest, the indoor theme park filled with video and virtual games, brings back its family fun from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event includes a DJ Dance Party, character meet and greets, unlimited access to its special games and attractions, which include Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters and CyberSpace Mountain. Families who’ve managed to stay up to midnight will be treated to a confetti drop and festive party favors. Partygoers will receive a coupon for a quick service entrée, side and drink. Tickets go on sale soon at 407-934-7639.

Cirque du Soleil, the avant-garde circus that performs “La Nouba,” will celebrate the New Year will with its Dec. 31 performances. All patrons will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows start at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing, call 407-WDW-SEAT.

Disney holiday dining:  Here is 1 example >>>

In the resorts, the chefs have kicked it up for New Year’s Eve. 
There are 3 hot spots at  Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cítricos is offering four generous courses – we’re partial to the filet Sicilian with Spanish onions, peppadew and banana peppers, quattro formaggi potato puree and a flourish of rich glace de viande. Cost is $75.

Next door,  
Victoria & Albert’s is offering the most exclusive menu at Walt Disney World Resort, and Chef Scott Hunnel will make this a New Year’s Eve to remember, from Maine lobster and Siberian caviar to hand-cut pasta and crispy pork belly. Cost is $495 and includes wine pairings and gratuity. For reservations, call 407-939-3862.

Narcoossee’s is featuring a family-friendly evening with a balloon artist and special viewing for early fireworks. Our pick on the four-course menu is the Australian Kobe-stye Manhattan filet with butter-poached Maine lobster, or the Basque-style bouillabaisse. A sophisticated kids’ menu includes filet mignon and grilled Wild Atlantic shrimp. Cost is $161.85, $77.19 ages 3 to 11 (including tax and gratuity).

Call 407-WDW-DINE for more information about Disney holiday dining at the Walt Disney World parks and resorts.

AT the Disney resorts: Guests who want to ring in the New Year with a quieter evening or a special meal will be pleased to know select Disney resorts offer lower-key affairs marked by music and entertainment. Guests should contact their resort upon check-in.
Walt Disney World isn’t the option for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Disney style. 

Thanks for stopping By and a 
Very Happy New Year 2013 !!!

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